Commercial, Energy Efficiency, GHG Emissions - July 6, 2021
Emerson Cuts Global Electricity Use by 11%
Global engineering company Emerson cut emissions 10% and global electricity use by 11% in 2020.
The company released its 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance Report, outlining its attempts to “green” its business practices by mapping its path to decarbonization and identifying opportunities to reduce the emissions of suppliers throughout the value chain. The company was targeting a 20% emissions cut based on a 2019 goal, but declining sales during the pandemic restricted reductions in its emissions intensity.
Emerson also led energy audits to identify opportunities to further reduce energy use and emissions. Some of these audits found ways to reduce energy use by 4.6 million kWh at a Louisiana facility and 1.1 million kWh from a Minnesota facility, representing a potential 7% and 8% drop in emissions, respectively.
“We have made progress not only in tangible sustainability initiatives, but in driving engagement and excitement across the organization,” Mike Train, Emerson’s chief sustainability officer, said in a statement. “From the way we approach customer challenges to the unified Purpose that connects us as a global organization, sustainability is truly top of mind for our teams and in our approach to innovation.”
To further cut emissions, Emerson is exploring technology in alternatives fuels like hydrogen and biofuels and low-carbon power through solar, wind, hydro and nuclear. Other topics of exploration include carbon capture and removal, improvement of energy efficiency in production systems and the electrification of transportation.